Walnut Breakfast Table

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Project by Matthew T. Smith posted 08-26-2010 11:50 PM 3038 views 19 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our client asked us to create a breakfast table that emulated a table they already had in their home. Woodleaf Studios looked high and low for the right veneer to meet the client’s desires. The veneer top is referred to as walnut butt which comes from the base of the tree and has a beautiful two toned quality. The hexagonal pedestal and tripod base are made of solid walnut. A series of alcohol and oil stains as well as paste wood fillers were topped off with a lacquer finish.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 12:02 AM

I love that table. The lines are well proportioned. The burl veneer is beautiful and the construction is exceptional. Congratulations!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 12:22 AM

Beautiful table!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 12:59 AM

WOW that is an exceptional piece, if I might ask,what is the substrate for the top?

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 01:31 AM

Love the top on this!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 02:00 AM

That is certainly a very unique and beautiful table! I’d love it in my house alrighty!.


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Matthew T. Smith

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 02:24 AM

The core for the top is particle board.
Its face is flat, dense and reliably stable (if kept free of moisture).

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 04:00 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Beautifully done. Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 08-27-2010 04:04 AM

Super looking table Matt, breakfast should be a real enjoyable meal off of that top, as well with poker night…lol. All kidding aside it one sweet design, it turn out fabulous…BC

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 07:24 AM

Exceptional Piece. Any insight on how you cut the conical shape of the pedestal? I would be interested to know because I assume it was quite difficult.

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Matthew T. Smith

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#10 posted 08-27-2010 03:39 PM

Hey BigMP,
Cutting the tapered parts for the conical shape is not terribly difficult. However, since all edges of the tapered parts get an angle cut, there is a lot to keep track of in your sequencing. You first establish the widths of the facets you want the pedestal to have at the top and bottom. Their difference in size determines the slope and length of the pedestal face, and this info. allows you to determine the slight bevel cuts on each end of these parts which you need to cut before assembly. At this point the part is a slightly oversized rectangle, cut to length and with the appropriate bevels cut on each end. I then cut the tapers based on the widths of the finished facets I want. I now have a tapered part with beveled ends and square edges along the long outside edges. I then cut the appropriate angle on the long edges that allows me to gang the parts, this way all long edges get cut with this same set-up. I then gang the parts dry to see if the faces close up. Adjust, ever so slightly, your angle cut on the long edges if necessary. I then lay out all of my parts accordian-like and tape all the joints. With the taped parts laying face down I apply glue to the open joints and outside edges. Carefully begin to fold and wrap the parts standing the unit up. Tape the last joint and use banding strap to apply a little additional pressure if you want. Good luck and thanks.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#11 posted 08-27-2010 03:52 PM

beautiful table.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 05:39 PM

I particularly enjoyed the drawing. Nice to see some one who can create something without Scetchup.

-- Rogue

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#13 posted 08-27-2010 08:37 PM

WOW, absolute beauty

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#14 posted 08-28-2010 03:16 AM

Very beautiful table. Thansk for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 08-28-2010 05:03 PM

Lovely work!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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